Patricia O’Brien’s contemporary oil portraits are created to capture the essence of the human spirit. Her flower love is expressed in her contemporary floral art.
Her current body of work is created from the summation of her experiences. Her previous work as an electrical engineer helped her to analyze, question and experiment. She began her professional artistic career as a muralist, where she grew to appreciate scale and immediate feedback provided from working onsite. It also afforded an opportunity to explore various subject matter, depending on the client’s needs.
After directing her energy to works on canvas, she relished the challenge to develop her own interpretation of the human form, and it captured her heart. Her paintings evoke the spectrum of emotions we all experience along life’s path. Each new piece begins with the most essential feature – the eyes, the window to the soul. They set the mood, and begin the story.
She also enjoys artistic expression in the form of floral oil painting. This additional subject matter provides yet another avenue to share her interpretation of the delicate beauty of a flower.
“A Painting a Day for a Year” was a personal challenge she accepted and completed October 2017. She created an 8”x10” painting (usually in oil) and posted on Instagram. This was an wonderful growing experience, culminating in a solo exhibition/fundraiser for the Franciscan Center, a location in Baltimore providing emergency assistance and supportive outreach to those in need.
Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, including Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Slater Memorial Museum, Monmouth Museum, and Maryland Lowe House of Delegates. Her artwork has been featured in WMAR TV2, Catholic Charities calendar cover art, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Decorator Show Houses, Schiffler Publishing “Show Houses 1”, “Show Houses 3” and more.